Information for Candidates

Update to Mayor and Council Candidates re Orientation

Please note that the following dates are proposed for your post-election orientation activities in the event you are elected to City Council

  • Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26 - Meet your Corporate Management Team (CMT) and support staff; time slots of 1-2 hours will be available for selection by elected officials
  • Tuesday, October 30 – Council Orientation (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, October 31 – Council Orientation (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, November 6 – Official Photos (morning) and Inaugural Meeting and Reception (evening)
Update re Election Sign Vandalism
The City of Maple Ridge Election Office has received reports of election sign defacing and vandalism. Please note that depending on circumstance and evidence, some of these incidents may be offences under the criminal code, and I encourage you to share this fact with your supporters. We have advised our local RCMP detachment of the current activity. You may refer specific instances to the RCMP if you feel a criminal offence has occurred; evidence or bearing witness to this activity will strengthen the RCMP's ability to take action.

General Election Information

All potential Candidates are encouraged to visit the Local Government Elections website provided by the Provincial Government. 

Notice of Nomination

Public Notice is given to the electors of Maple Ridge that nominations for the four year term, from November 2018 through October 2022, for the offices of:
  • Mayor (1 to be elected) 
  • Councillor (6 to be elected) 
  • School Trustee (5 to be elected) 
will be received by the Chief Election Officer, or designate, as follows:

From: 9:00 am Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to 4:00 pm Friday, September 14, 2018
at Maple Ridge City Hall (11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge)
during regular office hours (Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm).

We recommend that candidates book an appointment well in advance of the nomination deadline to have their nomination forms reviewed by the elections staff to ensure that they are complete and they fully meet the requirements of the Local Government Act. In addition to dropping forms off at City Hall, candidates have the option to email or fax their forms to the election office.

Nomination Process

Nomination documents are now available and may be submitted between September 4 and 14. A candidate must be nominated in writing by two persons who are electors in Maple Ridge. Nomination information must include:
  • full name of the person nominated
  • usual name of the person nominated, if preferred
  • office for which the person is nominated
  • endorsement by an elector organization, if applicable
  • residential address of the person nominated
  • names and residential addresses of the nominators
  • statement signed by the nominators that the person is qualified

Nomination Packages 

Mayor and Council [PDF]
School Trustee [PDF]

Eligibility to Run

You may run for local government office if you:
  • are a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old on election day
  • have lived in BC for at least the last 6 months
  • have not been disqualified for voting in a BC local election
  • you do not have to live in Maple Ridge to run for office
You do not qualify as a candidate if you are/have been:
  • judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
  • employee or salaried officer of the local government (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected)
  • under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison
  • found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office
  • disqualified for not filing a disclosure statement in a previous election (section 92) or for not making an oath of office or attending meetings (section 211)

Terms of Office

If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve a four-year term. This term begins upon your swearing in at the first council meeting to be held within the first ten (10) days of November 2018.

Financial Disclosure and Campaign Financing Documents

Campaign Sign Information

Campaign signs are governed by Maple Ridge Sign Bylaw 4653-1992 (PDF)Section 5.2 f (i)  states Campaign signs may not be erected until the official announcement of an election (Monday, September 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm) and must be removed within 14 days of the Election (Saturday, November 3, 2018).  Campaign signs may not exceed 3.0 meters (32.3 square feet). 
Section 28 of Maple Ridge Highway and Traffic Bylaw No. 6704–2009 (PDF) states Campaign signs may not be placed within 7 meters of intersections.

 For safety reason, it is important that candidates follow guidelines for posting election signs on highways rights-of-way. These guidelines are outlined on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure website.

For obvious reasons, campaign signs must not block the view of traffic. Signs are not allowed on:
  • Translink property (i.e. west of 210 St. on Golden Ears Way) 
  • City property including Parks 
  • In neighbouring communities (such as Pitt Meadows) 
No political activities are allowed on School District 42 grounds.

Intersection for Campaign Signs
Local Government Act Section 163 (4) prevents signs and campaigning within 100 meters of voting places when voting proceedings are taking place. This includes advance voting opportunities. 100m maps of all voting locations.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act Section 44 requires all advertising including campaign signs include the phrase “authorized by”, the financial agent’s name and contact info (a BC phone number, email address or mailing address).

Signs on Vehicles

Car wraps and other forms of vehicle signage must follow applicable motor vehicle regulations and campaign sign regulations. Additionally, the vehicle must not be within the 100m distance from voting locations, whether parked or underway.

Candidate Names on the Ballot

Candidate Names will appear on the ballot in alphabetical order as follows:
Oval on the left LASTNAME, firstname

TransLink Information Session for Council & Mayoral Candidates

Translink will be hosting a pre-election Information Session for all Mayoral and Council Candidates on September 20, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Sapperton New Westminister offices.

Time Commitments for Council

Council meets every Tuesday evening, usually beginning at 6:00 pm, but times may vary. There may also be additional meetings. View the Mayor and Council page for more information.

For information or elector organization forms, please contact the Election Office at 604-467-7423 or via email.